The Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday stated the reason for accepting defeat and congratulating the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Sanwo-Olu defeated Ambode in the guber primary held on Tuesday.
Ambode had fought dirty ahead of the primary, describing Sanwo-Olu as a unfit for the job, having allegedly undergone rehabilitation over mental illness, and having been arrested for spending fake dollar notes in the US in the past.
However, a day after the election, he accepted defeat, saying he did that in the interest of the party and the need for the state to move on after a tense period.
He said the interests of the state must always supercede that of any person or group.
The statement reads in full:
“ADDRESS DELIVERED BY THE GOVERNOR OF LAGOS STATE, HIS EXCELLENCY, MR. AKINWUNMI AMBODE, ON THE APC LAGOS STATE GOVERNORSHIP PRIMARIES ON WEDNESDAY, 3RD OCTOBER, 2018
“Fellow Lagosians, the last few days have witnessed intense political activities that have gripped the attention of the nation and created palpable tension in the polity. I strongly believe that the time has now come for the State to move forward in order that the gains of the last three and half years are not lost.
“Dear Lagosians, APC is a great party and the interests of our beloved State must always supercede that of any person or group. It is in this regard that I wholeheartedly congratulate the winner of the Lagos State APC Primaries, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and urge all Lagosians to immediately support our party’s gubernatorial candidate in the 2019 elections and work for the success of our dear party.
“As Governor, I will do everything possible to ensure a smooth transition in the remaining period of this administration and ultimately to the new Governor, come May 2019.
“I therefore appeal to all our party members that we remain one family and unite behind the candidate of the party, so that we can continue to move this state forward.
“The progress of Lagos State is non-negotiable. It is a project that I have passionately worked for in the last three and half years as your Governor and one to which I will forever be devoted.
“I wish to use this opportunity to thank our national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and the leadership of our great party at state and national levels, all party faithful and all Lagosians.
“I thank all Lagosians for their faith and trust in me. I urge you not to relent in your support for our party as we prepare for the General Elections.
“Long Live Nigeria
“Long Live Lagos State
“Long Live APC
“Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo jewa Logun
“MR. AKINWUNMI AMBODE
“GOVERNOR, LAGOS STATE.”